On your mark, get set, go! The countdown is officially underway for this year’s Penrith Valley Sports Foundation Sports Star Awards.
To be held at Penrith Panthers Leagues Club on Friday, September 3, the Awards Dinner will celebrate the achievement of the Junior and Senior Sports Star of the Year together with a number of other major sporting awards.
While the Western Weekender, Penrith Valley Sports Foundation’s media partner, has been featuring the best Junior and Senior Sports Stars all year, nominations are now being sought for the following categories addressing the specific nomination criteria.
The Volunteer Award, The Referee/Umpire Award, Team of the Year, Sports Administration Award, Coach Award, Rising Star Award, All Abilities Award, Masters Athlete of the Year and the Jim Anderson Memorial Award, which honours the memory of late local politician Jim Anderson, are all up for grabs.
“The Jim Anderson Memorial Award is awarded annually to a person in the Penrith District who has made a significant contribution across a range of sports or an exceptional contribution to a major sport and their contributions have been particularly relevant in the development of sport and in guiding the growth of that sport,” Penrith Valley Sports Foundation’s Rodney Watson said.
“Jim was a driving force behind the development, growth and promotion of sport at all levels in the Penrith District and beyond.”
To be eligible for any award from the Penrith Valley Sports Foundation, the recipient will either live in the Penrith LGA or compete for a team/sport that has its headquarters in the Penrith LGA or attend a school in the local area.
Nomination forms are available online at www.pvsf.org.au or you can email PVSF for more information on the specific nomination criteria. The period for all awards is from July 1 2020 to June 30 2021. Nominations close Wednesday, July 14.
All award winners – other than the Junior and Senior Sports Star and Team of the Year – will each receive $500 and a trophy to recognise their incredible achievement.
Tickets are also on sale for the Awards Dinner on September 3.
Nathan Taylor is the Weekender’s Deputy Editor and Senior Sports Writer. He also compiles the weekly Chatter on the Box TV column. Nathan is an award-winning journalist, who has worked at the Weekender for a decade.